Students suffer the double burden of malnutrition - hunger and obesity. This results in stress, ill health, poor academic results and increased drop-out rates.
Universities need to work with staff, students and the community to ensure their health policies are effective.
Research shows therapy dogs can be beneficial for students in many ways including reducing stress and anxiety, and helping students feel more excited about participating in classroom activities.
The university sector has a relatively relaxed stance on staff-student relationships and should consider adopting standards like those for health professionals.